Ann Coulter speaks for the base of the GOP, but apparently organizers of the Conservative Political Action Committee have decided not to invite her to speak at this years convention. She was quite the hit last year with her derogatory comment about John Edwards, but all good things must come to an end. More [...]
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Last week, Inside Cable News reported that former Bush adviser Karl Rove was rumored to be joining Fox News as a contributor and that he would “likely be used throughout Super Tuesday coverage.” Fox News confirmed the rumor today, declaring in an ad, “Now Karl Rove joins the Fox political team.” Watch it:
I see concern being expressed in various places that the nominee could in some sense be decided by the superdelegates. I don't really have the problem with the existence of superdelegates, I just think that the Democrats have way too many of them.
The primary system is already a bit of a farce, a kind of fake vote. With the timing issues, the caucuses, the various methods of allocating delegates, etc... it's hardly a pure exercise in democracy. The inclusion of some superdelegates on top of that system isn't particularly problematic. But since they're almost 20% of the total delegate count, I think that if they were to tip the balance there'd be a pretty big backlash. Candidate supporters give a lot of time and money to their chosen candidate, and they'll rightly be a bit annoyed to discover how much power the superdelegates wield.
If they constituted 5% or so of the delegates this would be less of an issue.
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The year I was born, 1946, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Morgan v. Commonwealth of Virginia that interstate buses and trains could no longer be segregated. The case arose two years earlier when Irene Morgan, a 27-year-old mother of two still ill from a miscarriage, bought a $5 ticket at the "Colored" window in the local grocery and boarded a crowded Greyhound bus in Gloucester, Va., for a trip to visit a doctor 165 miles away in Baltimore. She sat next to a young mother and her baby in the fourth row from the back of the bus, well within the section decreed for black people by America’s peculiar brand of apartheid, Jim Crow.
At a stop a few miles down the road, the driver ordered the two women to stand so that a white couple could take their seats. Morgan said no. She also wouldn’t let the other woman give up her seat. As she told Washington Post reporter Carol Morello more than half a century later, she had asked: "Where do you think you're going with that baby in your arms?" The driver headed into the next town and parked in front of the jail. A deputy strode onto the bus, handed Morgan an arrest warrant and asked her to come with him. When she ripped up the warrant and tossed it out the window, he grabbed her by the arm. She kicked him in the crotch and he retreated. She clawed at a second deputy and ripped his shirt as he dragged her off the bus and into the jail.
Morgan pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and was fined $100, but she refused to plead guilty to breaking the state’s segregation laws. At trial, her NAACP lawyers argued that those laws impeded interstate commerce, purposely avoiding the due process argument of the 14th Amendment, something they felt the Supreme Court was not ready to hear. Morgan was convicted and fined $10. On appeal, the Supreme Court accepted the commerce argument and struck down the Virginia statute, and by extension all such laws.
Fifteen years later, all through the South, the Morgan decision might just as well have never been written. Back-of-the-bus for black people was still the rule in the Old Confederacy and border states from Maryland to Texas.
But in the spring of 1961, armed with a new Supreme Court ruling – Boynton v. Virginia – mandating desegregated eating, restroom and other facilities in bus terminals and rail stations, and hopeful for the backing of a young President (who had said in his inaugural address that "the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans" and had campaigned on a promise of eliminating housing discrimination in federally funded housing projects "with one stroke of the pen"), the Congress on Racial Equality decided to initiate "Freedom Rides." The tactic, first tried unsuccessfully by CORE in 1947 after the Morgan ruling, was for a small group of black passengers to ride in the white sections of buses and white passengers to ride in the black sections. It was not just a symbolic protest against wretched laws, but a direct challenge to the white power structure, both in the segregated states where civil rights protests were met with billy clubs, fire hoses and German Shepherds, and in the complacent North where the complaints about Jim Crow – in spite of the Supreme Court’s rulings – were greeted with entreaties to ... wait a while longer.
The $3 trillion Bush's proposes spending in 2009 would be the first time that milestone has been reached. Bush also presided over the first budget to hit $2 trillion, in 2002. It took the government nearly 200 years to reach the first $1 trillion budget, which occurred in 1987 during the Reagan administration.read more | digg storyNot only is this budget tailor-made to pay for his war..."Our top priority is to defend our country," Bush said after meeting with his Cabinet Monday morning....
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As long as we are on the topic of Super Bowl ads, we should point out this Barack Obama ad that ran during the Super Bowl. Now this wasn't a national ad that would have cost $2.7 million for 30 seconds.
So it must have run regionally, one would assume, in the Super Tuesday states.
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Obama's background as a community organizer isn't an undercovered subject, but there's been curiously little attention paid to how it'll impact his potential presidency. This piece by Kelly Candaele and Peter Dreier helps redress that a bit, and is[...]
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One of the delights of this gig is being placed on numerous email lists. One of my favorites is ALIPAC. From their latest email: